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Preventing Suicide and Other Self-Harm in Prison


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List of Figures and Tables Preface Notes on Contributors PART I: THEORETICAL AND RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS Psychological Perspectives on Intentional Self-harm; L.Pollock & J.M.G.Williams The Role of the Prison Environment in Prison Suicide and Prisoner Distress; A.Liebling The Likely Role of Criminogenic Factors in Prisoners' Self-harming Behaviour; G.J.Hall, S.Fisher & G.E.Dear PART II: CLINICAL STRATEGIES Screening Prisoners for Suicide Risk; E.Blaauw & A.J.F.M.Kerkhof Clinical and Management Response to Incidents of Non-fatal Self-harm in Prison; G.E.Dear Treatment Needs of Prisoners who are at Risk of Self-harming; G.E.Dear A Structured Intervention for Prisoners who are at Risk of Self-harming; L.Eccleston & L.Sorbello Reducing Suicidal Behaviours in Custodial Settings: Administrative Challenges; A.Ivanoff & H.Schmidt, III PART III: BROAD-BASED PREVENTION STRATEGIES Improving Staff-prisoner Relationships; A.Liebling & S.Tait Minimising Violence and Intimidation among Prisoners; G.Brigden & K.Edgar Enhancing Prisoners' Coping Skills; G.E.Dear, J.Borrill, T.Kirschner, M.Forns, M.Daigle & F.H.Biggam Managing Prisoners with Mental Health Problems and Other Special Needs; R.L.Bonner The Role of Peer Support in Reducing Self-harm in Prisons; L.Snow & K.Biggar Suicide Prevention and Designing Safer Prison Cells; L.M.Hayes PART IV: SYSTEMS ISSUES Self-harm of Juvenile and Young Adult Prison Inmates: Conditions and Consequences; W.Greve, D.Hosser & C.Bosold Gender Issues and Considerations for Preventing Self-harm in Women's Prisons; O.Themeli Responding to a Self-inflicted Death in Custody: Support Services and Postvention; J.Borrill & J.Hall Responding to Suicides in Custody: Review Processes; L.M.Hayes Ethical and Legal Issues for Mental Health Professionals Working with Suicidal Prisoners; A.Allan, W.Packman, G.E.Dear, T.O'Connor Pennuto, J.Orthwein & B.Bongar PART IV: INTEGRATION The Need for an Integrated System to Minimise the Incidence of Suicide and Other Self-harm in Prison; G.E.Dear References Index

About the Author

GREG E. DEAR is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the Edith Cowan University, Australia. Previously, he worked as a clinical psychologist, specializing in addiction in families and prisons. He has published on self-harm in prisons, prisoners' coping behaviour, psychological measurement and substance abuse and the family. He is a member of the task force on Suicide in Prisons of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP).


'It is a long time since I felt genuinely excited by a book on such a sombre topic. However this edited volume is a model of its kind in demonstrating how systematic scientific analysis can be combined with commitment, creativity and the insights of experience in providing positive ways forward in an area that has rarely furnished grounds for optimism...this well-crafted set of both practical and thought-provoking, and deserves to be seen as essential reading for anyone concerned with prisons.' - Adrian Needs, University of Portsmouth (formerly of HM Prison Service), UK

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